Karen Smith

Work History

Work History
Sep 2008 - Aug 2009

Chaplain Resident

Swedish Medical Center

Provided spiritual care to patients, families, and staff by offering a listening, compassionate presence, prayer, ritual, and advocacy. Collaborated with the interdisciplinary team to meet the physical, mental, and emotional/spiritual needs of patients and their families. Participated in the palliative care pilot project on the Neuro-ICU and accompanied patients and families through difficult  and often abrupt transitions. Led chapel services and collaborated with religious resources in the community. Co-faciliatated a bereavement support group. Used the action/reflection model of learning, verbatims, and group process to increase my awareness and enhance my use of self in providing clinical care. 

Nov 2002 - Aug 2008

Clinical Nurse, LPN

Providence Hospice of Seattle

In collaboration with an interdisciplinary care team, provided direct nursing care to terminally ill patients and their families. Utilized nursing assessment skills to implement appropriate interventions for symptom management and comfort care. Offered patient and family centered care that included attention to the physical, psychospiritual, and social needs of those involved. 

1991 - Nov 2002

Medicare Coordinator/MDS Nurse

Branch Villa Health Care Center

Worked with the elderly and other vulnerable adult populations, including those who are often underserved, such as African American seniors and the mentally ill. Performed assorted nurse management duties, including determining and tracking medicare eligibility, coordination of services, assisting with admission of residents, and monitoring regulatory compliance. Completed quarterly nursing assessment and tracked condition changes. Participated in care conferences and in developing patient plan of care. 


Sep 2004 - Jun 2008

Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling

Seattle University
Jan 1999 - Apr 2002

Bachelor of Art

Sep 1983 - Aug 1984

Practical Nurse


References available upon request.


Compassionately accompanying people through challenging life transitions and losses is one of the strengths that has grown from my formative life experiences, nursing career, and chaplaincy residency. I am a reflective, process and detail-oriented individual, who draws upon my use of self in order to genuinely engage with others. An ability to listen and to hear multiple layers of meaning is an asset that I bring to my work as a chaplain. Drawing upon my nursing, counseling, and theological backgrounds, I am able to effectively function in ambiguous and complex situations. I am looking for an opportunity that will utilize my analytical, reflective, and empathetic skills in order to both serve others as well as to foster my own psychospiritual and intellectual growth.